eNews from Sigma Design Company
Research, New Product Development & Manufacturing 
June 2014
Bimonthly publication
for clients and friends
In This Issue:
University Collaboration
Prevention Invention
Engineers' Brewing Club @ Sigma Design

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University Collaboration


At universities all over the country, scientists are churning out the research that can potentially lead to innovative new products. But many of these great ideas get stuck in academic labs because university scientists lack the business experience to develop a commercial product. Today's universities are supporting these products further and assist in the commercialization process.  


Montclair State University (MSU) had just such project; a design for an ultrasonic water treatment system.  

Max Perhach, Sigma certified in-house welder, works on the Ultrasonic Water Treatment System. 
The system was  designed, fabricated and assembled in-house by Sigma Design. Then the system was tested for electronic and water processing at Sigma's 20,000 sq. ft. facility.  


For innovators in academia, Sigma Design provides the bridge to the business world with the experience to build the most challenging technical devices and then guide them to market. Sigma Design can assist with prototypes, manufacturing, product testing, packing & transport, and even insurance.  


Dr. Meiyin Wu, a professor at MSU and the lead scientist on this venture, described her experience working with Sigma Design as an extremely pleasant and productive experience. "Sigma's staff are highly professional with exceptional skills. Collaboration between MSU/higher education and Sigma is an example of the future of innovation," Dr. Wu said.  


The Ultrasonic Water Treatment System 


SIGMA Design Company- Turning Smart Ideas into Product Solutions  

Prevention Invention


Anyone with a gas stove has probably had the scary experience of realizing that they have left the stove burner on. Unlike today's refrigerators that call you back to the room when you have left the door ajar, most gas burners provide no indication that they are still on. A simple mistake could lead to a deadly fire in your home.  


Matthew Porraro came to Sigma Design with a solution to prevent kitchen fires. Porraro invented a plastic disc that attaches to each knob on the stove, which illuminates when the burner is on. Sigma Design took his initial design and prototype and improved it, integrating a light circuit and an audible alarm.  


BurnerAlert is the only reminder and timer product on the market that will retrofit on gas and electric stoves.    


Engineers' Brewing Club at Sigma Design
Making beer: four ingredients, easy right? Like a beautifully crafted artisan loaf, beer making is both an art and a science.


While the basic formula remains the same, it's the careful process and handling of each ingredient that creates the most memorable brews.


At Sigma Design, where we approach our design work with the same care and attention to detail, we have decided to make beer brewing our next venture.


The Engineers' Brewing Club will brew its first batch under the direction of Sigma Design Mechanical Engineers Mike Collins and Bruce Knapp.


Bruce won the silver medal in the homebrew Witbier category at the New Jersey State Fair last year.


Watch for upcoming events and your invitation to join the Club!


Photos from the Club's first brewing experience; a George Washington Porter.
Sigma Design Company
Turning Smart Ideas Into Product Solutions

Sigma Design Company specializes in solving obstacles that delay new products, specialty machinery, and engineered systems development. Experts in the commercialization of technology, Sigma provides cost-effective engineering, manufacturing, and laboratory services in the areas of analytical equipment development, electronics, filtration and separation technologies, food and beverage systems, and medical and surgical devices.

Industry averages show that over 50% of most new product development projects fail. Sigma's team uses advanced engineering, simulation, and rapid prototyping to successfully reduce risks and costs associated with failures. In fact, since 1999, Sigma Design has delivered over 1,000 successful design and engineering projects saving manufacturers hundreds of thousands of dollars.

From smart engineering ideas to sound product solutions, Sigma is your single source engineering and manufacturing solution partner.

Headquartered in Middlesex, New Jersey, Sigma has 50 years of experience. Staff and associates are located in New Jersey, Louisiana, and France.  
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